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Titan8990

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I bought a hard drive and a cd burner for the computer I am trying to piece together. I ran into a problem. There is only two IDE spots on my board. One for a floppy and one I supposse for the cd drive. I noticed that there were four spots on my board that I hadn't seen before labeled SATA. I looked it up and it was for hard drive.

My question is: Is there a way I will be able to use my HD and CD drive with that only one IDE slot? I don't have a recipt for the HD but the burner came from a old computer. Have you all seen anything such as this before? I bought my board off ebay or I would post what it was. I appreciate any help.
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Most IDE cables are dual headed so you can have up to 4 devices, but many also have a seperate channel for the floppy as well.

SATA is the new interface for HDD its not essential but its faster so you should try and get it for your next HDD.
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So it is safe to have a hard drive and cd drive on same IDE cable? Does one need to be a slave?
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go out and get an IDE ribon with 1 slave and 1 master on it, then conect the slave end to the CD and the Master end to the Hard drive

when it boots up have a fiddel around with your BIOS settings to make sure everything is ok and there are no problems.

Edited by Max-T, 17 May 2006 - 12:13 AM.

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Does the plastic piece need to be on the correct pins for slave on the CD drive for it to work or is that only needed if I have multiple disk drives/hd?

Also I have no idea how to hook up the USB. I looked around on the internet a little bit and most of the computer building guides said to refer to the mobo manual which I don't have. I see where it hooks up at but there are more pins then wires to hook up to them and they are not labeled. Any help you all can offer is appreciated.

Edited by Titan8990, 17 May 2006 - 07:00 PM.

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there should be some letters and words on your mobo considering it has SATA and only newer boards have that. find those numbers and search for them on google.

as for the plastic piece, put both of them on cable select and let the cable controll it. master goes on and and slave goes on the middle

that or you could put your cd drive as slave and your HDD as master, either works.
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